Technology

Whether you're a beginner or technologically advanced, YOURLifeChoices Technology page has everything you need to understand and make the most of your computer, smartphone or mobile device. Our Technology News page is updated twice-weekly by our Technology Expert, Drew Patchell. Whether you are looking to set up a social networking page on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, or just looking find the best broadband or wireless internet deals, Drew can help.

Our tutorials page features answers to all of your computer questions and provides you with the latest hints and tips to update your skills. If you are looking for a senior-friendly mobile phone, something fun on YouTube or a free anti-virus scanner, we have the information you require. 

Online safety is also an important issue and we keep you up-to-date with the latest downloads, anti-virus software and how to avoid scams. We offer short-cut keystrokes if you want to save time and 'how-to' guides for all the best gadgets. And whether you are a Mac or PC fanatic, we answer your questions.

Do you have a technology question you need answered? Just ask Drew.

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Windows 10 will be free for current users of Windows.

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Three best gadgets of 2015

Three best gadgets of 2015

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What you Googled in 2014

What you Googled in 2014

Find out what we Google searched most.

Top five planning websites

Top five planning websites

These top five planning websites should help you to reach your goals.

Avoid phone scams

Avoid phone scams

Find out how to identify telephone scams and stay safe this festive season.

Free apps to reduce eyestrain

Free apps to reduce eyestrain

Seven free apps and tips to help prevent or reduce digital eyestrain.

Using memos for more

Using memos for more

Did you know that you can send voice memos from your iPhone to other people?

Computers

Windows 10 will be free

Windows 10 will be free for current users of Windows.

Free upgrade

Which memory is which?

Salespeople love to dazzle you with jargon, especially when it comes to computers.

Simplify the slang

Free apps to reduce eyestrain

Seven free apps and tips to help prevent or reduce digital eyestrain.

Watch out for eyestrain

Gadgets

TrackR Bravo item-tracking device

Never misplace your keys, wallet or valuables again with TrackR Bravo

Find my lost keys

Three best gadgets of 2015

With the new year now arrived, why not check out our three best gadgets of 2015, designed to innovate the way you live?

Innovations of the new year

Headphone Splitter

The handy Headphone Splitter allows you to share sound with a companion.

Double the sound

Phones

Do you still need a landline?

Do you really need to keep your landline?

Phone home?

Avoid phone scams

Find out how to identify telephone scams and stay safe this festive season.

The season of taking

Find free wifi wherever you are

Find free wifi both home and abroad with www.wefi.com.

Free wifi on the go

Internet

How do we compare online?

Have you ever wondered how the internet in Australia compares to the rest of the world?

‘Download Deathmatch’

Alarming police metadata access

Victorian police officers sought access to customer metadata 63,000 times in 2013/14.

Parliamentary inquiry

Using your smartphone for wifi

Here’s how to turn your smartphone into a personal wifi hotspot.

Smartphone wifi hotspot

Social Networking

Find free wifi wherever you are

Find free wifi both home and abroad with www.wefi.com.

Free wifi on the go

Is Pinterest of interest?

Full of DIY tutorials, arts and crafts, recipes and more.

Start ‘pinning’ now

Facebook privacy update

Are you sure that your Facebook privacy settings are configured correctly?

Protect your privacy

Software & Downloads

Drew reviews Dragon's software

You can now control your whole computer via voice commands, as well as produce documents at 99 per cent accuracy with spoken text.

Give it a try

How to watch TV and movies online for free

Five legal ways to watch television and movies online

Watch movies for free

Warning: Microsoft security flaw

Hackers are exploiting a new security hole in Microsoft Word.

Special fix-it solution

Online Shopping

How to save on shopping

The advantage of online shopping is that, if you do it right, you can end up saving money.

Spend less

Spotting fake user reviews

Drew explains how to spot a fake review.

Can you spot the fakes?

Five best websites for gifts

We share the five best gift websites to help you out this holiday season.

Find the perfect gift

Safety Online

Avoid online dating scams

How to spot and avoid online dating scams and what to do if a scammer contacts you

Get scam-savvy

SMS verification

SMS verification is one of the most effective ways to protect your online accounts

Protect your information

One billion passwords stolen

A Russian gang has stolen over one billion usernames and passwords.

How could this happen?

Technology News

How do we compare online?

Have you ever wondered how the internet in Australia compares to the rest of the world?

‘Download Deathmatch’

GeoGuessr world map game

Know your world map? Try the GeoGuessr photo guessing game.

Get guessing!

Is Uber safe?

Taxi companies are facing tough competition from a new transport service called Uber.

Stay safe when catching a ride

Technology Q&A

Stop a program opening on startup

Drew explains how to stop specific programs from loading when your computer turns on

Speed up your computer

Set your homepage

Drew explains how to reset your homepage in four different browsers

Choose your own homepage

Megabits and megabytes explained

Drew answers John’s question about the difference between megabits and megabytes.

Does this affect your internet speed?

News

Free up space on your device

Deleting items you don’t use will free up space and make your device run faster.

Learn more

How do we compare online?

Have you ever wondered how the internet in Australia compares to the rest of the world?

‘Download Deathmatch’

GeoGuessr world map game

Know your world map? Try the GeoGuessr photo guessing game.

Get guessing!

FunOnTheGo App

What is an App?

App, short for application, is now such a commonplace term that there is an assumption everyone knows what one is. If you’re unsure, Rachel has a simple explanation.

What is an App?

Who uses Apps?

If you’re not sure if you’re the kind of person who may use an App, perhaps you need some suggestions on what kind of Apps are available.

Who uses Apps?

Why bother with an app?

When you can access just about any website from your phone or tablet, why would you bother with an app?

Why bother with an app?

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SplashData has released their “25 worst passwords of 2011” based on the most hacked passwords on the internet. The perennial favourite of “password” heads the list.

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Free Downloads and Games

Drew has been busy updating his list of the best free software downloads, anti-virus programs and online games sites to make your 2013 a fun, safe and free year.

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Senior-friendly mobile phone

The mobile phone market is saturated with choice, but it can still be difficult to find a phone that is suitable for senior Australians.

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